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The World Student Christian Federation North America is a proud co-sponsor of the forum A World Without Empire and Peace Festival to be held at Union Theological Seminary in New York City on April 23-24. Please, join us on April 24! Click here here to see the poster!

World without Empire Conference and Peace Festival is a gathering of individuals from grassroots and church organisations and the academe from the United States and Global South aiming to present analyses of empire domination from the perspectives of the South in resistance and of the disadvantaged of the North (people of colour, migrants, indigenous), foregrounding these on race, gender and spirituality in counter-imperial resistance to the politics of U.S. Empire.

This gathering will highlight the analysis of women and youth as those significantly affected by empire dynamics. While maintaining the focus on women and youth, the conference will also seek to facilitate solidarity and partnerships between people’s movements in the North and those in the Global South.

The programme will be shaped by three moments:

  • A day of North-South dialogue in three parts
  • Part 1 lays down the foreground with presentations of women’s voices
  • Part 2 deals with militarism, the empire’s most direct and most violent policy
  • Part 3 is group conversation on building alliances to counter U.S. imperialistic strategies
  • A three-hour open fishbowl forum that dissects U.S. exceptionalism
  • A youth-led peace festival featuring workshops and staged political resistance – dance, music, theatre, video, painting, poetry

The events will be hosted by the Union Theological Seminary (UTS) at its campus on 3041 Broadway, New York City, NY 10027.

Also involved in co-organising the events with Peace for Life and UTS are the Drew University Theological School Center for Christianities in Global Contexts; the World Student Christian Federation North America Region, and the United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries.  Other academic and church-related institutions as well as artists’ groups based in the United States are also supporting the event through various means.

The Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) is requesting input from civil society on a thematic report on discrimination against women in law and in practice, and how the issue is addressed throughout the United Nations human rights system, including CEDAW.  For more information on the role that civil society plays at the UN, please visit: Esango.un.org.

Any relevant information for this study is welcome. Your input would greatly enhance the quality of this report and ensure that it considers issues that may not have been adequately addressed, such as the situation of indigenous women, SOGI issues, etc.

This report will be submitted to the Human Rights Council at the September 2010 session.  Read the Call for Input for more information.

Please send your responses directly to Cecilia Moller, Acting Coordinator of the Women’s Rights and Gender Section.

Email: cmoller@ohchr.org

Telephone: +41.22.928 9265

Deadline: 15 May 2010, maximum 3000 words

The NGO Branch of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is pleased to announce an open call for oral and written statements for the 2010 ECOSOC High Level Segment (HLS). The two sessions will focus on “Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women,” and “Development Cooperation in Times of Crises: New Commitments to Reach the MDGs.”  The HLS will be held in June/July 2010 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

How can NGOs participate?

Organizations in general and special consultative status are encouraged to make oral presentations to the Council.

Please visit the following link to read more:

http://esango.un.org/irene/?page=static&content=statements

Sincerely yours,

NGO Branch

Department of Economic and Social Affairs

United Nations

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